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March 17, 2016

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Duluth Pack is mostly known in the Northland region where we are located as the original BWCAW pack. That is a phrase we are proud to keep near and dear to our hearts. However, we have another outside activity we have been known for outfitting since the 1800’s and that is the hunting community. One of our most beloved lifestyle bag styles is the Shell category. It’s the perfect purse or cross body for most that comes with an effortlessly cool vibe. However, it first originated and was designed for carrying shotgun shells, hence the bag’s name of The Shell . Each shell bag is named by it’s size. Example: #50 Shell, #100 Shell, #200 Shell, #200 Double Shell, and the list goes on. The purse’s are not in numerical order, because it sounds organized, but because they are handcrafted on how many shells they can hold. Interesting isn’t it?

Within the last few years, we have grown a tremendous relationship with legendary camo company, Mossy Oak . We are so happy we are able to call this Southern brand a great friend. You may remember we launched a previous collection with them focusing on their Break-Up camo pattern, which received great praise. Now we are ready to increase the excitement once again and focus on our top-selling styles in the lifestyle and hunting categories and introduce the Bottomland print!

These styles will be available both in store at 365 Canal Park Drive and online at

Photography by: Redmond Digital Media

– From your friends at Duluth Pack

Gear Talk, The Lowdown


March 7, 2016
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Each and every day we truthfully love what we do. Sure, somedays like a Monday can be hard to get out of your warm bed and drive to work (especially in a winter storm) . But, once we arrive and are surrounded by the constant energy, we’re so happy where we are able to call our career. Every employee of Duluth Pack has a different story to tell and that’s what not only keeps it fun, but different day in and day out. So it made sense for us to do a round up of 10 reasons we love where we work.

1) Location.

As human beings, we hear the phrase, “Location. location. location.” That’s exactly what we are focusing on in point number one of why we love where we work. Out of anywhere our headquarters could be located, Duluth, MN is exactly where we want to be. For 134 continuous years in business and existence, Duluth Pack has called Duluth, MN home. We are so proud of where we are, that we not only put the location in our name, but on our logo we also states the geographical area too. We love this area and you bet your bottom dollars we have another 134 + continuous years here.

2) Title.

Duluth is the oldest canvas and leather bag and pack maker in the USA. This title that we hold is not only something we are proud of, but one that we are extremely humbled by. The fact Duluth Pack has been continuously around since 1882 is something that makes us rub our eyes real hard and recognize that it is pretty great to be the one, the only, and the original.

3) Ethics.

Being with a company that focuses on not only the needs of the business, but it’s employees is absolutely ideal. That is what we have all found with the Duluth Pack company. Even with the growth, the Duluth Pack employees meet weekly to discuss concepts, ideas, plans, and situations that we can improve, grow, or develop from. This is incredible, because everyone from all aspects of the brand – production, marketing, shipping, customer service, retail, outside sales, etc – can speak up and describe what they are seeing or hearing. This puts everyone at an even playing field and that everyone is heard regardless of what their business card says their position is.

4) People.

Duluth Pack is always so great as sharing how close we are with our customers. Something many people don’t see or always hear about is how close the Duluth Pack employees are. Actually, we call ourselves one big family. Whether we are taking lunch breaks together, enjoying coffee, having after work get togethers, or just sitting down and bonding over something personal, we consider ourselves one big team.

5) Customers.

Our customers are the most loyal, the most supportive, and the most adventurous people we know. We are so grateful for every customer who has ever purchased a sticker to someone who has invested in one of our duffle bags. Our customers we consider friends and are second to none. Every single individual who purchased something from Duluth Pack allows us to keep doing what we love every single day and that’s helping you all invest in the best Made in America canvas and leather products on the market.

6) Products.

We may sounds bias or brief in a way, but our story is as simple and powerful and that goes for our products as well. Each product we may is not to life a fragile life. Our products want to explore, travel and adventure with you and that means we need to handcraft the most durable, but stylish packs and bags we can. Every single Duluth Pack handcrafted item comes with a lifetime guarantee on all craftsmanship and hardware. In simple text, that’s our rivets, buckles, zippers, and sewing seams. If you want to read more on our Lifetime Guarantee please click HERE . Lastly, every single Duluth Pack handcrafted item not only comes with a lifetime guarantee, but is signed by the craftsperson who created it just for you. Don’t know where to find their name? Look for the Duluth Pack and Made in America tag inside your Duluth Pack item. Flip over the Duluth Pack tag and it will reveal the craftsperson’s signature. If you’re in the Duluth area, please stop by our factory for a free tour to meet them. If not, click HERE to read their fun bios!

7) Discounts.

Obviously you want to be passionate of the products and brand you work for, but it’s even better when your work gives you a nice and generous discount to enjoy as well. We won’t be sharing an percentages, but let’s say that we are treated very well. Not only do we get to enjoy discounts on the Duluth Pack handcrafted products, but also on all the items sold in our retail store in Canal Park from other brands we carry, like The North Face, Patagonia, and Darn Tough socks, too!

8) Growth.

Finding not only a job, but a career with a company that is growing can be rare. Not only is Duluth Pack growing each day, but knowing that there is potential to grow not only in our positions, but within our departments is crucial. It’s a relief to know that the company you love to work for loves what you do and wants to work with your wants and needs as well.

9) Collaborations.

Collaborations and partnerships between bloggers, influencers, celebrities, venues, and other brands not only is hard work, but it’s an absolute hoot for all involved. With months or even up to a year in advance, Duluth Pack’s PR and Marketing teams are working day in and day out of who we can collaborate with to handcraft new collections that leave you all drooling and wanting more. Can you guess what are next projects are? P.s. we just launched The Times Collection last Thursday with Faribault Woolen Mills wool. Check it out HERE .

10) American.

Duluth Pack is an American company proudly employing Americans. Not only do we handcraft our American made products in Duluth, MN, but we also have our own Distribution Center (shipping center), our own in-house customer service team, our own marketing team, and an entire 8,500 square foot retail store that employs not only Americans, but Minnesotans. Also, Duluth Pack sources materials, like our leather in the states as well. Our leathers are from the Dakotas and Nebraska and then are tanned in Wisconsin and Minnesota. Again, more Americans helping other Americans. It’s always full circle for us.

We hope you enjoyed the inside scoop on what it’s like to work at Duluth Pack. We can’t wait for all the future adventures with you all and greatly appreciate your loyalty and support. Want to be a part of the Duluth Pack team? Apply HERE .

– From your pals at Duluth Pack

Gear Talk, The Lowdown


March 3, 2016




Introducing the new Duluth Pack Collection, The Times!

Durably and carefully handcrafted Made in America Duluth Pack products with beautiful black and white plaid printed wool from Faribault Woolen Mills. It puts a timeless twist on the classic Red and Black wool collection we currently handcraft. With structured designs, timeless details, and top-notch quality, the new Times Collections is one to purchase before it is gone. Available both in store and online at!

– From your friends at Duluth Pack

Gear Talk, The Lowdown


February 25, 2016

We as a company and individuals are so excited to announce that Duluth Pack continues to grow each and every day. With this, we have new career positions available within the company that involve, buying, retail, customer service, and production. Apply HERE .

Also, we are ecstatic to officially announce that because of our demand of handcrafted American products, Duluth Pack will be employing an entire second shift with production. Thank you to all of our amazing followers, subscribers, and ultimately customers who allow us to do what we love every single day. Without you, we wouldn’t be the “Oldest canvas and leather bag maker in the USA”. For 134 continuous years and counting, we have stuck our feet to American soil and dug through the hard times. We are proud to say we are an American company employing Americans and that will never change. Not only are all Duluth Pack items handcrafted carefully and durably in America, but we also source American products to employ as many hard working and dedicated Americans as possible around this amazing country. That has always been our mission and it always will be.

So, here’s to you all and to another wonderful and successful 134 years!

– From your very appreciative friends at Duluth Pack

Gear Talk, The Lowdown


January 21, 2016
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Everything makes a comeback at some point and wool is certainly here to stay for good.

Last season, we heard over and over about the so called, “Lumbersexual” trend that rocked our country. Now if you ask us Northerns, this classic buffalo check print, bearded faces, and waxed canvas coats have been around since we can remember. It’s almost a part of our identity. Since the look has now gone mainstream, many are realizing that the timeless red and black buffalo check print is worth the investment. We couldn’t agree more.


Now introducing in 2016 the All Wool Grab N Go ! It comes with the same style as the original all canvas style, but with a little extra something to store either your hygiene products, pencils, or lip glosses. Plus, the price isn’t going to make your uncomfortable either.

If you’re looking for more of a pack style, we’ve got you. The Classic Wool pattern is available in many of our styles, like The Roll-Top Scout Pack , Scout Pack , #50 Shell Bag , and the Sportsman’s Tote Bag .

Wishing you all a wonderful day ahead!

– From your friends at Duluth Pack

Gear Talk, The Lowdown


January 14, 2016

This winter season has been a bit different than what we usually expect up here in Northern Minnesota. Has it been where you are located as well? Even though the snow fall has been limited, our winter activities list hasn’t dwindled. Listed below, we have put together a few of our favorite outdoor interests and how to outfit yourself to with the best products for any adventure.


As many of you know, Duluth Pack is an animal friendly business. We allow our customers to bring their pets in our location, which usually happen to be dogs. We have free treats available behind our tills, but the best part is that we can outfit your pooch as well. If you’re going out in the cold, you’re wanting a jacket or coat that keeps you warm. We recommend the Duluth Pack Anorak . This canvas wind shell is made following native design after many winters of field-testing in the cold Northwoods of Northern Minnesota. It’s handcrafted with durable 10-ounce tightly woven cotton duck canvas.The canvas is highly wind resistant, breathable, preshrunk, and untreated and has a full-cut with ample room in the arms for layering and freedom of movement. Last but not least, the Duluth Pack Anorak comes with an adjustable storm hood for many types of weather ahead. To outfit your pup for the long trek ahead, get these fleece booties.


Depending on where you are, the snow fall may or may not be what you anticipate each winter season. Up here in Duluth, the snow isn’t nearly what we had last year, but is still present and currently coming down. If you’re doing a winter hike in the near future or strapping on the snowshoes, we recommend these products. 1) The snowshoes available both in our retail store and our website are a top pick. We also have a pair for women as well. If snowshoeing is not your gig, we have a fantastic selection of footwear lines in store like – Keen, Merrell, Sorel, Columbia, and The North Face.


Even though we are not your typical snowmobile go-to outlet, Duluth Pack still has the accessories to help you out. With gaiters, balaclavas, scarves, mittens, and gloves from your favorite brands like, The North Face, Smartwool, Patagonia, Icebreaker, and more! Plus, once you take your helmet off, keep your ears and head warm with our Duluth Pack Logo Beanie !


If you’re the type of person who takes on the weather while riding a bike, kudos. We want you to be safe and using the right products for you. One of our top selling items both in store and online for bikers of all types are the Waterproof Handle Bar Mittens. They are created exactly for the winter activity and make the trek that much easier. .


We had to save one of the best for last. After you have gone out into the frigid temps, nothing is much better than snuggling up with your better half. For your top half, we absolutely recommend our top selling Cross Paddles Sweatshirt . It’s our legendary apparel item that stays in style for years, plus the comfort of it is one to not pass up. To cover up your bottom half (or the woman in your life) is the Purnell Winter Legging . They are the perfect accessory on a chilly evening and are comfortable enough to lay on the couch and relax. Plus, they are only $39.00.


Don’t worry. We didn’t forget about the impact salt brings beyond just melting snow. It can stain and make shoes and your packs dirty. No need to fret, friends. The Minnetonka Moccasin Shoe Care Kit is available both in our retail store and online. It’s easy to use and will last you a very long time! To condition and clean your beloved Duluth Pack handcrafted item, we always recommend the Lexol brand. Again, it can be located both in our flagship location or on our site.

We are wishing you all a wonderful week ahead!

– From your friends at Duluth Pack

Gear Talk, Style, The Lowdown


January 4, 2016





Products featured in items above: The Elite Series Clutch, #100 Deluxe Shell Bag, and the Mini Haversack. Shop all products in our retail store or online at

We hope all of you had a fantastic holiday season. Did you get what you wanted that was wrapped under the tree? If not, it’s really okay to get it and gift yourself.

No gimmicks, no games, no regrets. It’s time to invest in the best for yourself.

In this post, we are rounding up our top sellers throughout the year that can work well for any lifestyle or desire. First thing is first, what do you need your Duluth Pack for?


If you’re looking for a bag that will accompany you between portages or pub crawls, the #51 Deluxe Pack is the one for you. With it’s simple design, rugged aesthetic, and space for whatever you may need, it has quickly become a hit at trade shows, our retail store, and in online sales. Shop it here .


You could be the type of person who wants stability, consistency, and durability. We have a bag for that. The Standard Portfolio is the ideal size briefcase for all your desk and office essentials. With a shoulder strap, zip closure, and is the identical piece to our large briefcase designs, but just more compacted. This is less bulk and more briefcase.


A backpack style product is always going to be a classic in society. It can take you appropriate from class, to work, to the woods. However, not everyone wants an all zip closure and more of a unique look. The Duluth Pack Rucksack is just that. With a buckle front, included pockets, and drawstring top the Rucksack will carry your goods protectively and stylishly.


Everyone needs a mini sidekick of some kind. One that we provide is called the Mini Haversack . It is designed to hold technology devices, store and organize trinkets, like pencils, pens, business cards, and keys. With a secure buckle closure and ideal cross body size, the Mini Haversack is one not to miss.

Thank you to our friend, Courtney Steeves for featuring us in a recent shoot with our products that are featured in this post.

– From your friends at Duluth Pack

Gear Talk, Style, The Lowdown


December 31, 2015

In a few hours, it’s hard to believe that it will be a new year. Or also known as new goals, new responsibilities, new ambitions, and new wants.

Each year, we ask ourselves and our followers (you) what their New Year’s resolution is. Do you know yours yet? Ours is the same each and every time. We want to continue traveling the world with you. There are so many new and exciting places to see and experience that we can’t just have the resolution for one year and one year only.

If one of your New Year’s resolutions is parallel to ours, then it’s time for you to invest in the best and get a new bag. It’s fitting – new year, new bag.

Here’s the breakdown of top sellers by category to help ease the online shopping mayhem.


Photo Credit: Blogger, Dressed To Ill


When you’re traveling, the last thing you want to think about is if your luggage will make it though the wear and tear. Here are not only our employees, but our customers favorite go-tos for any type of travel you have planned.






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Photo Credit: Photographer, Jenna Kutcher


Trails to taverns. It’s a pack that is durable, but stylish. It can hold all your gadgets and still be cool.






Photo Credit: Blogger, Kaitlin Keegan of Blonde Expeditions


Duluth Pack’s history and beginnings were based on being the ultimate canoe pack for taking you from portage to portage. However, in this day and age, some customer’s just want a Duluth Pack, because of it’s American heritage and versatility, plus effortlessly cool look. Here are the top sellers for simply a good looking bag.





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Photo Credit: Photographer, Mycah Burns of Redmond Digital Media


Not only was Duluth Pack first around doing the traditional canoe packs, but also outfitting hunters for their hunt. Check out the style of hunting bags that have been around for quite sometime! P.s. we have a great relationship with expert hunting brand, Mossy Oak!






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Photo Credit: Duluth Loves Locals


Heavy books, lots of homework, and just the demands of school can be enough weight on your back. Let us carry the load. You carry the passion, we carry everything else.





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Photo Credit: Blogger, Katey McFarlan of Chronicles of Frivolity


Invest in a work briefcase that can carry and protect your career necessities safety.





Photo Credit: Jordan Villamor


Get the perfect office accessories at Duluth Pack. From journals, to checkbook covers, and your favorite wallets.






Wishing you all a wonderful and safe New Years!


– From your friends at Duluth Pack

Gear Talk, Style, The Lowdown


December 28, 2015

Black Friday and Cyber Monday may be long gone, but the Duluth Pack savings are not.

Currently Duluth Pack’s in store only 75% off clearance deals are in full swing. All categories are up for grabs including, children’s, women’s, men’s, and footwear. Not only are some of your favorite footwear and apparel brands in the mix, but don’t forget that Duluth Pack’s manufactured seconds are at a discounted price as well.

The Duluth Pack winter final clearance sale is available until the last piece is sold. However, don’t walk, but rather run, because the items are going extremely fast.

You can find our flagship retail store in Canal Park, Duluth, MN. There is free parking in Canal Park and pets are welcome in our location. For any questions regarding the Clearance Sale, please feel free to contact our wonderful customer service team at: 1-800-777-4439, email us at [email protected], or follow us and stay update via social media channels, like Facebook , Instagram and Twitter .

If you’re not in the Duluth, Minnesota region please feel free to stay updated on everything Duluth Pack, including deals with our email subscription sign up and by visiting our website at .

Happy savings, folks!

– From your friends at Duluth Pack

Gear Talk, Style, The Lowdown


December 23, 2015

Investing in the best is exactly that – investing .

Trust us, we know. Our American made and handcrafted lifetime guarantee products are expensive and are considered a luxury item. However, we do design and produce products that are similar to our more splurgy items, but still come with all the benefits of being a Duluth Pack, plus are less of a price tag.


SPLURGE – Medium Sportsman’s Duffel in Great Lakes Canvas

MAP Retail Price: $325 / All Bison Leather Option MAP Retail Price: $495


SAVE – Small Safari Duffel in Khaki Canvas

MAP Retail Price: $188


Around the holidays, most of us are traveling, whether that be a short or long distance. Either way, you and your family have to pack up your most festive outfits and get to your destination in style. We are breaking down the similarities, differences, and price points of our best selling luggage pieces – the Medium Sportsman’s Duffel and the Small Safari Duffel. The Medium Sportsman’s Duffel is by far one of the most stunning handcrafted items we have designed thus far. The craftsmanship is impeccable, the simplistic detailing and hardware is timeless, and the leather accents are rugged but polished. However, the price point is one of our most expensive pieces and for all leather it ups the ante. The safe and less expensive choice for a Duluth Pack luggage good is our Safari Collection, which includes the Small Safari Duffel. With easy to use zipper opening, comfortable handles, and design aspect to hold more than enough, this less expensive choice will give you the luxury of owning a Duluth Pack, plus be less of an impact on your bank account. Shop the Medium Sportsman’s Duffel in canvas and leather and the Small Safari Duffel both in store or online at



SPLURGE – Sportsman’s Kit Bag in Olive Drab Canvas

MAP Retail Price: $115 / All Bison Leather Option MAP Retail Price: $140


SAVE – Grab N Go Bag in Burgundy Canvas


Another product that can add up in cost is a good and handy dopp kit or better known as a shaving kit bag. They are useful for so many ways, including holding a person’s hygiene products. One of our top selling items is our Sportsman’s Kit Bag. It comes with a zip closure, leather accents, a loop hole for easy handling, and is just the right size to pack in any bag. At $115, this product can be a bit spendy. To overcome the worries or questioning desiccation to buy or not to buy, we have created a new product called, the Grab N Go . For only $28 retail, yes you read the right, you get a smaller kit bag without the same design elements, but at a much less of an amount. Another great aspect of the Grab N Go is that it not only secures someone’s toothbrush and razor, but is a great lipstick case, pencil pouch, or trinket carrier. Buy yours here .


SPLURGE – #100 Bison Leather Shell Bag w/ Black Trim


SAVE – #50 Shell Bag in Black Canvas


Finding your sidekick companion: AKA your new favorite purse can by tricky and pricey. However, finding a purse you will have for your entire existence is nearly impossible, except that we have quite a few you can choose from. We offer a wide range of products like our square purse design – the Mini Haversack , the buckle flap product – The Shell bag , the all zipper closure – The Traverse Crossbody , and the list goes on. One of the splurge purse styles is the all American Bison Leather #100 Shell Bag . It is beautiful, refined, and is classy. However, it comes with a price of $210.00. If you’re loving the style, but want to find a more suitable purse for everyday that can take on the wear and tear and still not break the bank is our #50 Standard Shell Bag in any of our 15 + canvas colors. You really can’t beat a selection like that for $65.00.


SPLURGE – Executive Portfolio in Black Canvas


SAVE – Standard Book Bag in Brown Canvas


Last, but certainly not least is our discussion on the splurge and savings of briefcase designs and elements. By far our number one selling briefcase style is the Executive Portfolio . It comes with a remarkable esthetic of rich leather embellishment, strong hardware, and enough room to carry your office essentials, including your laptop, iPad, and documents. If you like the concept of a carry all, but not willing to pay the price, we have a great pick that will suit all your needs. The Duluth Pack Standard Book Bag is just that. With simple details and easy access to your daily needs, the Standard Book Bag comes with a comfortable cross body strap and posses the same buckle closure as the splurge example.

We hope we helped break down our most beloved splurge items and our great savers. What were your favorite comparisons? A special thank you to our friend and photographer, Amanda from Jane Cane Photography for the featured photo for this blog post. Shop the coffee mugs featured above here .

– Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from your friends at Duluth Pack